Eyewitness: The Life of Christ Told in One Story

Eyewitness: The Life of Christ Told in One Story

by Frank Ball


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For two thousand years, people have wondered, questioned and debated the life of the man we call Jesus. Some thought he was a prophet, while others saw him as an ordinary man. He claimed to be God. Was he? Religious leaders of his day said he deceived the people. Did he?

What kind of man can walk on water, calm a storm, and feed thousands with a few loaves and fish? Repeatedly, eyewitnesses saw miracles too amazing to believe and heard a message about God's kingdom, where it was more wonderful to give than receive.

Some of the details of Jesus' life were recorded by four of his closest followers. Each account is written from a different perspective and only one of the four tells the events in chronological order. Therefore, for centuries, the accounts have been told in out-of-sequence fragments.

Eyewitness compiles the information from the Gospels and hundreds of other Bible verses into one chronological story. As you read this account, you can walk with Jesus, hear his voice, watch what he does and discover the joy of following him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781579219154
Publisher: WinePress Publishing WA
Publication date: 07/28/2008
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Frank Ball is a research specialist on the life of Christ. For more than thirty years, he has taught and preached about Jesus and life in the first century. He is now a full-time writer and speaker whose greatest thrill is to encourage others to be all God wants them to be.

Table of Contents

Eyewitnesses begin their amazing testimony     15
The ancestry of Jesus is recorded     17
An angel meets Zechariah in the Temple     18
A child is miraculously conceived     20
Mary visits her aunt Elizabeth     22
John, son of Zechariah, is born     23
Shepherds hear news about a baby in a manger     25
Wise men search for the new king of the Jews     27
Jesus grows up in Nazareth     29
John, son of Zechariah, becomes John the Baptizer     31
John baptizes Jesus     33
The Holy Spirit leads Jesus to an encounter with Satan     34
John the Baptizer recognizes Jesus as the Lamb of God     35
Disciples of John the Baptizer meet Jesus for the first time     36
The wedding feast continues after Jesus changes water into wine     38
The merchants are driven out of the Temple     39
Nicodemus learns about spiritual birth     40
Jesus and his disciples baptize many in Judea     42
A Samaritan woman comes for water and finds life     44
A government official seeks healing for his sick son     47
At his boyhood home, Jesus is rejected     48
Jesus invites some men to follow him     49
A manpossessed by an evil spirit is delivered     50
Peter's mother-in-law is healed     51
Jesus works after sunset     52
Fishermen are taught about fishing     53
A leper is cleansed     54
A paralyzed man is lowered through the roof to see Jesus     55
Matthew is invited to follow Jesus     56
The disciples don't follow religious tradition     57
A man with a shriveled hand is healed on the Sabbath     59
Jesus teaches a large crowd at the Galilean seashore     60
Jesus selects twelve apostles out of his group of followers     61
Jesus teaches about blessings that follow tough times     62
God's people are to let their light shine     64
God seeks righteous behavior that is more than the Law required     65
People are to show kindness to even their enemies     67
Jesus teaches about prayer     68
What you treasure needs to have lasting value     69
Jesus teaches the principles of God's Kingdom     71
A Roman officer recognizes Jesus as a man under God's command     74
A widow's son at Nain is raised from the dead     75
Jesus gives testimony about John the Baptizer     76
People are rebuked for not believing      77
A Pharisee invites Jesus to dinner and learns about forgiveness     79
Jesus is accused of using satanic power when he casts out evil spirits     81
Jesus identifies his true family     83
Jesus uses a farming illustration to teach about hearing God's word     84
Jesus describes what the Kingdom of God is like     86
Jesus calms a violent storm     89
Jesus delivers a man who was possessed by many evil spirits     90
Jairus's daughter is raised from the dead     92
Jesus is like the prophet who isn't appreciated in his own country     94
Jesus sends workers into the fields     95
A lame man at the Bethesda pool is healed     98
Jesus claims equality with God     99
Herod thinks John the Baptizer has returned from the dead     101
With five loaves, Jesus feeds five thousand men     103
Jesus walks with Peter on the water     105
Jesus is the bread of life     107
Traditions of men don't make people right with God     110
A Greek woman begs help for her daughter     112
Jesus does spectacular miracles     113
With seven loaves, Jesus feeds four thousand men     114
Religious leaders ask for undeniable proof      115
Jesus warns of danger in religious teachings     116
A man sees trees that walk     117
Peter recognizes Jesus as the Messiah sent from God     118
Three disciples see Jesus talk with Moses and Elijah     120
Jesus delivers when the disciples can't     122
The disciples receive private tutoring     124
Jesus goes to Jerusalem unannounced     128
Guards are sent to arrest Jesus     130
Jesus forgives a woman who was caught in adultery     133
Jesus teaches in the Temple     134
Jesus sends another seventy-two disciples into the fields of ministry     137
A good Samaritan helping a Jew shows how to love others     139
Jesus heals a man who was born blind     140
The good shepherd cares for his sheep     143
Martha becomes frustrated with her sister's behavior     145
The disciples learn more about how to pray     146
Freed from an evil spirit, a man is able to speak     147
A Pharisee asks Jesus to dinner     149
Jesus warns against religious hypocrisy     151
A rich man shows how greed is never satisfied     152
The Lord's coming requires constant readiness     154
Jesus stresses the importance of bearing fruit     156
The Kingdom demands a wholehearted effort     158
People start to stone Jesus for blasphemy     159
Pharisees reveal a threat on Jesus' life     161
Jesus teaches about the banquet table     162
A builder must count the cost     164
That which is lost is especially important     165
Jesus teaches on faithfulness     167
Jesus teaches about divorce     169
A dead man wants to tell his brothers about his eternal torment     170
Servants must be faithful to their duties     171
Lazarus is raised from the dead     172
One of ten lepers thanks Jesus     175
Jesus tells about the day of his return     176
Jesus teaches about prayer     177
The value of children is stressed     178
People should recognize the value of eternal rewards     179
The disciples are told that Jesus must suffer and die     182
Two disciples seek the highest honor     183
Zacchaeus climbs a tree to see Jesus     184
Two blind men want to see     186
Mary anoints Jesus with expensive perfume     187
People cheer as Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey     189
Some Greek men want to see Jesus     191
Jesus curses a fig tree     193
Religious leaders question Jesus' authority     195
Sharecroppers kill the landowner's son     196
Jesus compares the Kingdom to a wedding feast     198
Religious leaders seek to trap Jesus with a question about taxes     199
Jesus teaches about life after death     200
A man asks what is the most important commandment     201
Jesus answers a question about the Messiah     202
Jesus condemns the religious leaders     203
A widow gives everything to God     206
Jesus reveals what will happen before his return     207
A good servant works without supervision     211
A story about ten virgins shows the importance of being ready     212
People have a responsibility to use what they have been given     213
Jesus compares God's judgment to the separation of sheep and goats     215
Judas agrees to betray Jesus     217
Two disciples prepare for Passover     218
Jesus celebrates Passover with the disciples     219
Jesus washes the disciples' feet     220
Jesus predicts his betrayal     222
Peter declares his loyalty, but Jesus predicts denial      224
Jesus gives final words to his disciples     226
On the way to Gethsemane, Jesus teaches his disciples     228
Jesus gives an intercessory prayer     232
Jesus prays at Gethsemane     234
Religious leaders arrest Jesus     235
Jesus is tried before Caiaphas     237
The ruling council gives Jesus the death sentence     239
Judas commits suicide     240
Jesus stands before Pilate     241
Pilate sends Jesus to Herod Antipas     243
Pilate pacifies the mob by ordering Jesus to be crucified     244
On the way to crucifixion, Simon of Cyrene is forced to carry Jesus' cross     247
Jesus is nailed to the cross and dies     248
Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus give Jesus a hasty burial before sundown     251
The tomb is opened, and people can't find Jesus' body     253
Jesus appears to two of his followers on the way to Emmaus     256
Jesus appears to his disciples for the first time     258
The disciples watch Jesus ascend into the clouds     261
References to Prophecy Fulfilled     263
Alphabetical Scripture Reference Index     267
Comments on Difficult Passages     275

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